March 2023
  1. March 31 ICLE Calendar

    Medicaid and Health Care Planning Update 2023 online seminar livestreamed Tuesday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. This intermediate level course, co-sponsored by the Probate & Estate Planning Section and the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan, offers 3.25 CLE credits.

    The general admission fee is $165, section members pay $145, Michigan new lawyers pay $95, ICLE basic partners pay $145, and ICLE premium partners can attend for free.


    Adoption, ART, and Paternity online seminar livestreamed Thursday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. This intermediate level course, co-sponsored by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, offers 2.75 CLE credits.

    The general admission fee is $165, section members pay $145, Michigan new lawyers pay $95, ICLE basic partners pay $145, and ICLE premium partners can attend for free.


    48th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, Thursday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to noon at Saint John’s Resort in Plymouth. This basic/intermediate/advanced level course, co-sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, offers 8.5 CLE credits.

    The general admission fee is $395, section members pay $365, Michigan new lawyers pay $195, and ICLE partners pay $345.


    Course books, audio CDs, and MP3s for most seminars are available if unable to attend program. Video replays for some programs are also offered. For additional information or to charge reservations to VISA, MasterCard, or Discover, call 877-229-4350 or visit

  2. March 31 Mark the Date

    WLAM to raise funds at ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’
    April 2

    The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan invites members and guests to see “Legally Blonde the Musical” at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. 

    For every ticket purchased, $5 will be donated to the WLAM Foundation. WLAM also invites attendees to Union Assembly, right next door to the Fox Theatre, for some networking before the show at 6:30 p.m. 

    To purchase tickets to “Legally Blonde the Musical,” visit

    ‘Mom Lawyers Mental Health’ discussed online
    April 3

    The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan will conduct its monthly WLAMom online discussion Monday, April 3, beginning at 8 p.m. via Zoom. The April program will look at “Mom Lawyers Mental Health.” 

    To register for this online event, visit and click on “events.”

    ‘Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice’ seminar presented by State Bar
    April 4

    A solo practitioner or a new lawyer looking for practical information and ethical guidance to enhance the efficiency of a law practice can find help in an upcoming online program.

    Hosted by the State Bar of Michigan, “Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice” is a virtual seminar offered Tuesday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to gain insights from experienced colleagues who have successfully implemented law office management techniques and utilized economically priced technology to improve their law practices.

    The cost of the seminar is $50 and is open to lawyers, other legal professionals, law students, and unlicensed graduates. To register, visit The registration deadline is 5 p.m. March 31, 2023. 

    A “Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice” seminar also is planned for October 17.

    State Bar sections to explore LGBTQ+ family issues
    April 5

    The State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section and LGBTQA Section will present a “Roundtable Discussion on LGBTQ+ Family Creation, Dissolution, and Parentage Issues” online Wednesday, April 5, from 12:30 to 01:30 p.m.

    The webinar’s panel will navigate through the current legal challenges and complexities for LGBTQ+ families and explore what is on the horizon on marriage rights, parental rights, parental orders, and confirmatory second parent and step parent adoptions.

    Speaking at the webinar will be Jay Kaplan, staff attorney, ACLU of Michigan; Corinne Rockoff, associate, Maddin, Hauser, Roth, & Heller PC; Angie Martell, partner, Iglesia Martell Law Firm PLLC; and moderator Kerene Moore, judicial attorney and referee, Washtenaw County Circuit Court.

    To register for the webinar, email or attorney For additional information, visit

    Free virtual support group to help handle life’s challenges
    April 5

    Handling stress can be challenging personally and professionally while navigating a law practice. The State Bar of Michigan Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program’s virtual support groups offer peer connection to help work through stressors and improve overall well-being.

    This virtual support group is free to State Bar of Michigan members and facilitated by an LJAP clinical case manager. Members can join on Zoom from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays from April 5 to May 24, for confidential virtual support. 

    This is an open group, so members can attend any session with no obligation for continued participation.

    To register or get more information, contact LJAP at ljap@mich or call 800-996-5522.

    Digital evidence focus of MDTC webinar
    April 12

    The Michigan Defense Trail Counsel will present the webinar “Collecting the Dirt: A Guide to the Preservation, Collection, & Admissibility of Digital Evidence” on Wednesday, April 12 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

    As law firms and insurance carriers seek to collect, authenticate, and produce data (digital evidence), serious consideration must be given to the process of eDiscovery. It’s essential that litigators properly address data authentication and preservation challenges. Authentication is much easier to establish when ESI (Electronically Stored Data) is appropriately collected and preserved in a manner consistent with best practices. 

    This webinar overviews a legally defensible path to collect, preserve, and authenticate data for evidence admissibility. Speaking at the webinar will be Janetta Ksar of Zausmer PC and Michael Huntsman of Cross Xamine Investigations 

    Registration for the webinar is free for MDTC members and $25 for non-members. To register, visit

    ‘Investigators and Experts’ focus of CDAM program
    April 14

    The Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan along with the Macomb County Bar Association will present an in-person program on “Investigators and Experts: Discovering Access to Help Your Case” Friday, April 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Macomb County Circuit Court Jury Room, 40 North Main Street in Mt. Clemens.

    Speaking at the program will be Thomas Tomko, Macomb County chief public defender, along with private investigators and experts who service Macomb County. They will discuss how to procure the services of investigators and experts for a Macomb County case. Topics to be covered include: 

    • How a Request is Evaluated 

    • How an Investigator Can Assist You

    • Services Available from Investigators 

    • When to Request Investigator Services

    Cost for the seminar is $60 per person and includes refreshments. To register, visit the CDAM website at or call the Macomb County Bar Association at 586-468-2940.

    ‘Juvenile Advocacy Training’ offered online by OCBA
    April 14

    The Juvenile Law Committee of the Oakland County Bar Association will present “Juvenile Advocacy Training: A Practitioner’s Guide to Juvenile Code” as an online webinar on Friday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. via Zoom.

    This seminar for juvenile law appointed counsel will provide attendees everything they need to know about juvenile delinquency and child protective proceedings in the Oakland County Court system.

    Topics of discussion will include:

    • Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings: Preliminary Hearings, Pretrial Motions

    • Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings—Pleas, Trials and Disposition

    • Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings—Perspective of probation officer

    • Know Your Judge/Referee (for Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings and Child Protective Proceedings)

    • The Business Side of Juvenile Court

    • Child Protective Proceedings: Preliminary Hearings and Pretrial

    • Child Protective Proceedings: Trials: Jurisdiction, Hearings on Petitions to Terminate Parental

    • Rights, Best Interests

    • Child Protective Proceedings—Dispositions, Review Hearings, and Permanency Planning Hearings

    • Role of Lawyer-Guardian ad Litem

    Speaking at the online program will be H. Elliot Parnes, H. Elliot Parnes PLLC; Nicole Bennett, Oakland County Probate Court; Cecilia Quirindongo Braunsoe, K and Q Law PLLC; Linette Ann Miller, Oakland County; Iris V. McCree, Oakland County supervisor Court Business Administration; Moneka L. Sandford, Law Offices of Moneka L. Sandford PLLC; Referee David G. Bilson, Oakland County Circuit Court; Kelly Collins, Oakland County chief of Juvenile Justice Division; Melissa Reid, Sixth Judicial Court; and Victoria Suber, Grosse Pointe Law Center, PLLC

    Credit has been approved with the Oakland County Bar Association for 5 Juvenile credits.

    Cost is $65 for OCBA Juvenile Law Committee members, $95 for OCBA members, $65 for OCBA new lawyers, paralegals, students; and $140 for non-members. To register for this online program, visit and click on “events.”

    ABA 3L Week to celebrate graduating law students
    April 17-23

    The American Bar Association will observe ABA 3L Week from April 17-23.

    All law schools are encouraged to provide programming and resources to their 3Ls to celebrate law students preparing to graduate and take the bar. Law schools interested in participating in ABA 3L Week can find out how with the toolkit available at 3TjXRPS.

    ABA 3L Week will include several opportunities and resources for graduating 3L students, including programming that offers practical advice and strategies for those preparing to sit for the July bar exam.

    In addition, every graduating 3L who signs up for their first professional ABA membership ($75) between April 17-23 will receive a “Bar Prep Care Package.” Those who sign up during the celebration will also be entered into a drawing for Amazon® gift cards up to $500 and a grand prize of a travel package to the ABA Annual Meeting in Denver, August 2-8. To see details, eligibility, and rules, visit https://

    “Becoming a full ABA member sets new lawyers up with access to professional development tools and resources to jumpstart their professional success,” said ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross. “New lawyers will have immediate access to hundreds of articles, webinars, podcast episodes and CLE to help them settle into their new career.”

    For additional information, giveaways, tributes, and congratulations, visit ABA 3L Week at and follow the hashtag #ABA3Lweek.

    The Young Lawyers Division is committed to representing the newest members of the profession, ensuring that it reflects the society it serves and providing young lawyers and young lawyer organizations with the tools and opportunities for professional and personal success.

    Law school to honor 2023 Wall of Fame inductees
    April 18

    Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of Wayne State University Law School are invited to celebrate this year's induction ceremony honoring the Wayne Law Wall of Fame inductees, Class of 2023.

    The Wayne Law Alumni Wall of Fame Ceremony will take place Tuesday, April 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Law School Building Student Common Area & Theater, 471 W. Palmer in Detroit.

    Induction into the Wayne Law Alumni Wall of Fame is the highest award presented by Wayne Law and is awarded to alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions that they have made in their own particular field of work, or in the betterment of humanity or to former faculty and staff who have had a significant impact on the law school.

    This year’s inductees include:

    • Judge Marcia Cooke, J.D. ‘78 (posthumously)

    • Nancy Diehl, J.D. ‘78

    • Vince Foster, J.D. ‘82

    • Audrey Harvey, J.D. ’86, LLM ‘91

    • Mark Zausmer, J.S. ‘80 

    For additional information or to register for the ceremony, visit and scroll down to “events.”

    Federal Bar presents webinar featuring computer tips
    April 18

    The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will present the webinar “Computer Basics Tips and Tricks Part 1” on Tuesday, April 18, from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. 

    Attendees can join an informative online class for computer tips and tricks, techniques, and short-cuts for use in the digital world to become more productive and effective. 

    FBA members can attend the webinar for three; non-members can attend for $15. To register, visit

    Attorney to examine ‘Cell Phone Forensics’ in webinar
    April 18

    As part of the 2023 Virtual Lunchtime Trainings, the State Appellate Defender Office and the Criminal Defense Resource Center will present a webinar on “Cell Phone Forensics” Tuesday, April 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

    This training will feature criminal defense attorney Josh Blanchard of Blanchard Law. Blanchard’s practice focuses on criminal defense with an emphasis on crimes involving allegations of sexual assault, child abuse, drugs, assaultive crimes and financial crimes. In 2011, Blanchard was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. He also serves on the executive council for the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Blanchard earned a BBA in accounting from Northwood University and a law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

    To register for the webinar, visit Anyone with questions may contact CDRC Manager Kathy Swedlow at kswedlow@

    Chief medical examiner to discuss ‘Strangulation - Signs and Symptoms’
    April 18

    The Oakland County Bar Association will present an online webinar on “Strangulation - Signs and Symptoms” Tuesday, April 18, from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

    Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. Unconsciousness may occur within seconds, and death within minutes.

    This webinar will introduce criminal attorneys to the signs and symptoms of strangulation, trauma-informed interviewing techniques, short- and long-term consequences and more. Speaking at the webinar will be Dr. L.J. Dragovic, chief medical examiner, Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office

    Credit has been approved with the Oakland County Bar Association for 1 Criminal credit and 1 Juvenile credit.

    Cost for the webinar is $12 for OCBA members pre-registration and $25 for non-members pre-registration. Oakland County MIDC court appointed attorneys can attend for free. 

    To register for this webinar, visit and click on “events.”

    Section’s Book Club to discuss ‘Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man’
    April 18

    The State Bar of Michigan’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section will conduct its Diversity & Inclusion Action Team Book Club online Tuesday, April 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. via Zoom

    The next read is “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” by Emmanuel Acho. In this book, Acho strives to create a dialogue that is honest, straightforward, and accessible to those seeking answers.

    Acho grew up in Dallas with his three siblings, the son of Nigerian immigrant parents. In 2012 he was drafted into the NFL by the Cleveland Browns, and later played with the Philadelphia Eagles, while earning a master’s degree in sports psychology at the University of Texas in the off-seasons. In 2016 he left the NFL for ESPN, where he served as the youngest national football analyst, and was named a 2018 Forbes Under 30 Selection.

    He is now a Fox Sports analyst and the creator of the ongoing online video series “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.”

    All members of the ADR Section are invited to attend the Book Club. To register, email Mary Anne Parks at parks.maryanne@gmail. com.

    ‘Moms in Litigation: a Panel Discussion’ presented by WLAM
    April 19

    The Women Lawyers Association will present “Moms in Litigation: a Panel Discussion” online Wednesday, April 19, beginning at noon via Zoom. 

    The panel discussion will feature women lawyer moms who practice litigation. Speaking on the panel will be:

    • Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Yvonna C. Abraham

    • Tanisha M. Davis, Tanisha Davis Law PLLC

    • Amber Libby, attorney magistrate, 89th District Court

    • Angela Medley, Polizzi & Medley Law

    • Laura E. Polizzi, Polizzi & Medley Law

    • Moderator Patricia Woodruff, judicial attorney to Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mary Beth Kelly

    This event is free and open to anyone. To register, visit and click on “events.”

    Webinar explores different effects of alcohol intoxication
    April 19

    The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan will present the Traffic Safety Training Program webinar “Mellanby Effect, Retrograde Extrapolation, and Homeostasis” on Wednesday, April 19, from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

    Alcohol intoxication has distinct and different effects in the absorption and elimination phases. This presentation will explore how this difference was discovered, how it has since been quantified, and what this means for stakeholders in traffic safety. It will touch on retrograde extrapolation and what it can and cannot tell us in impaired driving investigations. The webinar will also relate the Mellanby Effect to homeostasis and discuss ways to relate the information to finders of fact in meaningful ways.

    This webinar will be presented by Tom Heller, detective with the Seattle Police Department.

    This online course is approved for 1 hour of credit under PAAM’s recommended CLE Best Practice. The training handouts, if any, will be made available the day of each webinar.

    To register for the webinar, visit and click on “training.” After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email from Zoom with instructions on how to join the webinar. 

    Anyone with questions or in need of any assistance registering for the webinar should contact Amy Gronowski at gronowskia@ or at 517-643-2114.

    Federal Bar plans ‘Gilman Award’ lunch
    April 19

    The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will host the “2023 Leonard R. Gilman Award Luncheon” on Wednesday, April 19, beginning at 11:15 a.m. at the Atheneum Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1000 Brush Street in Detroit.

    The event celebrates the ideals of excellence, professionalism, and commitment to public service embodied by Len Gilman and this year’s award recipient. 

    The event’s keynote speakers will be Huel Perkins and Roop Ray of Fox 2 Detroit. They will speak on the importance of mentorship.

    The Gilman Award is given annually to an outstanding practitioner of criminal law who exemplifies the excellence, professionalism, and commitment to public service of U.S. Attorney Len Gilman. Alan Gershel wrote of him, “As the United States attorney (Len) instilled a level of excellence, professionalism and commitment to public service that exists to his day… (and) his presence is felt everyday in numerous, often subtle ways. Whether it be in the recognition that depriving a person of his liberty is an awesome responsibility that requires the utmost care or in the treating of others with respect, his influence is never far. 

    “Lenny was the paradigm of what a prosecutor should be. He balanced aggressive advocacy with compassion,” Gershel noted. “Truman-esque in his language and passion, his guiding principle to many a young prosecutor was to do the right thing. In a time when respect is becoming harder to find, he demanded it from those who worked for him. While he always took his work seriously he never took himself too seriously. A smile and self-deprecating sense of humor could disarm the most strong-willed adversary.”

    Cost for the “2023 Leonard R. Gilman Award Luncheon” is $45 for FBA members and $60 for non-members/guests. To register for the luncheon, visit and click on “calendar.”

    Succession Planning Guidelines’ explored in SBM webinar
    April 20

    The Law Practice Management/Legal Administrators Section of the State Bar of Michigan will continue its free lunchtime webinar series via Zoom.

    The webinar “Succession Planning Guidelines” will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.

    To register and receive the Zoom link, email

    Attorneys to examine Michigan’s changing employment laws
    April 20

    Plunkett Cooney will present “Digging Out...From Under Michigan’s Employment Law Avalanche!” as a GoToWebinar on Thursday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Michigan business owners and human resource professionals are invited to join Plunkett Cooney for a virtual survival course designed to navigate the avalanche of recent court rulings and new state statutes that are rolling back employer protections.

    Plunkett Cooney senior attorneys Laura Dinon and Rhonda Stowers will discuss the state’s ever-changing legal landscape. They will cover Michigan’s Minimum Wage Law, the Paid Medical Leave Act and the expansion of the Elliott Larson Civil Rights Act. Dinon and Stowers will also explore a very new federal law called the Pregnancy Non-Discrimination Act, which will take effect on June 27, and other new and pending Michigan legislation that impacts employers.

    For additional information about the webinar, visit

    Webinar to explore ‘Family Violence & Animal Abuse’
    April 24

    The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan’s Violence Against Women Project and the Humane Society of the United States will present the webinar “Family Violence & Animal Abuse: How prosecuting animal abuse can save lives!” on Monday, April 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom.

    Animal abuse is commonly found in homes where there is domestic violence. Research finds that 83% of victims who seek shelter from domestic violence and have pets, report that the abuser hurt or threatened to hurt their companion animal(s).

    In situations of intimate partner violence, the abuse of companion animals is used to control the victims, who are subject to coercion through threats to kill or harm pets. This results in further physical and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and remaining silent about the crimes perpetrated against them. Victims are generally reluctant to enter shelters if they will be forced to leave their animals behind. 

    This interactive virtual training will feature VAWP training attorney Dana Deasy and Erin Aiello, an assistant district attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Working for three different district attorney offices Aiello has had the opportunity to serve both urban and rural communities. Officially, her primary caseload is and has been the prosecution of abuse related crimes such as child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Unofficially, Aiello has been her own one-person animal cruelty unit in every office she has joined. In 2011, she was recognized by the Animal Control Association of Massachusetts for her work on animal cruelty cases. In private practice, Aiello was devoted to animal cruelty welfare and was proud to as a local counsel for the ASPCA in one of the largest animal cruelty and seizure cases in New England. Currently, Aiello works in the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit in the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, where she focuses primarily on the prosecution of high risk domestic violence offenders. 

    Topics to be covered in the webinar include:

    • The relationship between violence against animals and other vulnerable populations

    • Unique considerations for animal-related investigations

    • Animal abuse as a high-risk factor for lethality

    • Strategies for a multidisciplinary approach between law enforcement, Prosecutors, and human services organizations to help keep communities safe.

    This free virtual training is open to law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, field services officers, humane investigators, veterinarians, and judges.

    To register for the webinar, visit and click on “training.”

    ‘Basic Interviewing, Counseling, and Communication’ examined in webinar
    April 25-27

    The Michigan Judicial Institute will present a “Basic Interviewing, Counseling, and Communication Techniques Webinar” Tuesday through Thursday, April 25-27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day via Zoom.

    This webinar is mandatory for all family division/juvenile court staff requiring certification. It is held pursuant to Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 1985-5, which states, in part: “A probation officer/caseworker ... must complete the Michigan Judicial Institute certification training for juvenile court staff within two years after date of employment.” (Administrative Order No. 1985-5, § I.C.1.b.1.)

    Speaking at the webinar will be Dr. Kathleen Bailey, Dr. Dara Psarouthakis, Sabrina Sylvain, Dr. Kristen Capps Umphlet, and Dr. Rita Cameron Wedding.

    To register for the webinar, visit and scroll down to “Upcoming MJI Events.” Once registration is approved by MJI, attendees will receive a confirmation e-mail from Zoom with login information.

    Attorneys to explore ‘Antitrust Trends’ at ACC-MI program
    April 26

    The Association of Corporate Counsel-Michigan Chapter (ACC-MI) will present “Antitrust Trends: M&A and Employer-Employee Relations” sponsored by Shearman & Sterling on Wednesday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Daxton Hotel, 298 S. Old Woodward Ave. in Birmingham.

    The program will cover recent developments in government and private antitrust challenges to mergers and employer-employee relationships, including no-poach, non-solicit, and non-compete clauses and practices. Speaking at the program will be Shearman & Sterling’s David Higbee, Todd Stenerson, and Rachel Mossman Zieminski.

    Higbee is a partner in the firm’s Antitrust practice, Global Antitrust Practice Group leader, head of the Washington, D.C. Office, and Americas regional managing partner. He focuses on antitrust government and internal investigations, merger reviews, and complex litigation matters. He has represented clients in varied industries including defense, oil and gas, financial services, and technology. He works regularly on matters before the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Higbee previously served at the Department of Justice as deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff of the Antitrust Division. At the department, he also served as deputy associate attorney general, and as counsel to the U.S. Attorney General and White House Liaison. He was designated a special assistant U.S. attorney. He led transition planning for the Antitrust Division during the change in Administrations between 2016-2017. Higbee also served at the White House under President George W. Bush as special assistant to the president and associate director for Presidential Personnel.

    Stenerson is a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice. In addition to his antitrust, multi-district litigation, and arbitration experience, he has handled investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As part of his complex commercial litigation background, he also has handled several dealer terminations and RICO cases, as well as business torts, breach of contract, and ERISA cases.

    Zieminski is a partner in the Antitrust practice. She focuses on representing plaintiffs and defendants in domestic and international disputes at the trial and appellate level and in multidistrict litigation. These cases have included complex commercial, antitrust, corporate governance, RICO, and class action claims. She has also worked on numerous other litigation matters spanning a variety of industries, including healthcare, energy, and financial and consulting services.

    In addition, Zieminski recently co-authored a chapter titled “USA: Competition Litigation 2020,” for the International Comparative Legal Guide to Competition Litigation 2020, detailing how competition rules are enforced in the United States.

    To register for this program, visit and click on “events.”

    Attorneys to discuss ‘ESG, Labor and Employment, Antitrust’ in webinar
    April 27

    As part of its Dykema Drives Auto Webinars series, Dykema will present “ESG, Labor and Employment, Antitrust” on Thursday, April 27, from 1 to 2 p.m.

    High on a company’s priority list for 2023 should be ESG compliance policy and internal enforcement. Survey results show DE&I initiatives, labor practices, shareholder activism on issues of corporate social responsibility, supply chain human rights compliance, and corporate structure concerns all will play key roles of influence this year. 

    Employers will continue to ride the post-pandemic wave, encountering workforce challenges with remote work shifts and potential regulatory changes that require new policies and training. In addition, antitrust enforcement in the automotive sector will likely trend toward more rigorous oversight and focus on supply chain control and labor markets. 

    This webinar will address survey findings in the ESG, labor and employment and antitrust sectors.

    Speaking at the webinar will be Dykema’s Mark Chutkow, member, Bloomfield Hills; Jim Hermon, member, Detroit; and Howard Iwrey, member, Bloomfield Hills.

    To register for the webinar, visit and click on “News & Insights.”

    ‘2023 Appellate Writing Workshop’ offered by SADO
    April 27-29

    Presented in partnership by the Criminal Defense Resource Center of the State Appellate Defender Office and the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System, the “2023 Appellate Writing Workshop” will take place Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29, at the Detroit offices of SADO, 3031 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 450.

    MAACS roster attorneys and SADO assistant defenders are invited to attend this in-person, 3-day writing workshop designed for criminal appellate attorneys. Working on either a mock case file or a case from their own caseload, attendees will learn practical tools and develop critical skills to improve their writing. Attendees will learn how to develop a compelling statement of facts, identify persuasive legal issues, and improve oral advocacy skills. This workshop offers a mix of plenary, panel, and small group brainstorming and writing sessions. 

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Voices and Perspectives of Appellate Clients

    • Using Facts to Tell Your Client’s Story and to Develop a Case Theory

    • Brainstorming the Facts

    • Issue Spotting Strategies and Techniques 

    • Issue Identification and Development

    • Pen to Paper: Drafting the Statement of Facts

    • Extending the Theory of Your Case

    • Practical Oral Advocacy Tips and Demonstration 

    Speaking at the workshop will be Marilena David, Brad Hall, and Kathy Swedlow. 

    David is the deputy director at SADO. She also manages Project Reentry, a program she launched that is focused on supporting people on their journey home from prison. David represents individuals on appeal of their felony convictions and individuals who are being resentenced after serving unconstitutional juvenile life without parole sentences. She served as manager of SADO’s Criminal Defense Resource Center from 2015-2022. Previously, she launched and managed SADO’s Crime Lab Unit, a federal grant funded unit tasked with analyzing the impact of potentially faulty Detroit Crime Lab evidence on criminal convictions following the shocking 2008 Detroit Crime Lab closure. 

    David serves on the Board of Directors for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and the Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Foundation. She is past chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Prisons & Corrections Section. She serves on the National Association for Public Defense Core Well-Being Committee and contributes to developing and implementing national standards for public defense sustainability.

    Hall is the MAACS administrator. He graduated from Michigan State University before working as a youth treatment specialist at a residential facility. He then attended Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he spent his summers doing unpaid death penalty defense work in Georgia, Alabama, and Illinois. After returning to Michigan, Hall worked as a federal judicial law clerk and then as a federal public defender for eight years. Since 2015, he has overseen Michigan’s private appellate indigent defense system, including many meaningful reforms and an expansion to youth defense. 

    Hall maintains an active client caseload and has briefed and argued several significant cases in the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals, one of which was awarded a Distinguished Brief Award by Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. He has also authored numerous scholarly articles. Hall is active in the legal community and is past chair of the State Bar of Michigan Appellate Practice Section.

    Swedlow is the manager of SADO’s Criminal Defense Resource Center (CDRC) and is the former deputy administrator of MAACS. From 2000-2016, she was a professor and assistant dean at WMU-Cooley where she taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Death Penalty Law. While at Cooley, Swedlow served as the co-director of the school’s Innocence Project and was co-counsel on the Project’s first DNA exoneration case, People v Wyniemko. Before that, she was an assistant federal defender with the Capital Habeas Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she represented death row prisoners in Pennsylvania. She has also worked in the Staff Attorneys’ Offices in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, and Sixth Circuits. 

    Swedlow is the author of the SADO Defender Appellate Manual (2021), three law school criminal law and procedure textbooks, and many law review articles. For many years, she was a contributing editor for death penalty cases for the ABA publication, “Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases.” She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and City University of New York School of Law.

    The workshop is free for court-appointed appellate lawyers. Lunch will be provided each day. CLE credit is available up to 22.25 hours. To register, visit and click on “Upcoming Events.”

    Anyone with questions may contact Kathy Swedlow at or call 517-492-5848.

    Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee’s Brunch for Bars returns
    April 30

    The State Bar of Michigan’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee is excited to announce the return of Brunch for Bars, an event that brings legal professionals from diverse backgrounds together to network, collaborate, and enjoy some fellowship.

    As is tradition, the event follows the annual Barristers’ Ball. This year, Brunch for Bars will be hosted Sunday, April 30, at Andiamo’s Detroit Riverfront in the Renaissance Center, the same location as the ball.

    Because of COVID-19, the event had been cancelled for the last three years. Brunch for Bars is free and open to all legal professionals, but registration is required. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. To register, visit

    For additional information about the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, visit